Exploring associations between Facebook games, stress, self-distraction/behavioural disengagement coping and life satisfaction.

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O'Toole, Janice
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study attempts to explore associations between time spent playing Facebook games and the variables perceived stress, life satisfaction, behavioural disengagement and self-distraction coping. A between subjects quantitative correlation research design was carried out. An online questionnaire containing demographic questions and psychological measures for variables was employed. Also included was the researcher’s own questions to determine if participants were actively playing Facebook games and for how long per day. It was hypothesized that those who spent longer hours playing Facebook games would have higher stress and lower satisfaction with Life. A convenience sample of 88 participants was collected. Although no significant association was found between time spent playing Facebook games and perceived stress post-hoc analysis suggests that those who actively played Facebook games may experience higher stress than those who do not. A significant negative relationship was found between life satisfaction, perceived stress and self-distraction/behavioural disengagement coping styles.